Friday, February 24, 2012

Shredded Tex-Mex Crock Pot Chicken

I just piles all of the ingredients for this yummy dinner into my crock pot. Thank you, Katie of Good Life Eats, for this great looking recipe. I just need to pick up and extra lime, a couple of bunches of cilantro, and one of those beautiful purple onions before dinnertime. Anyone care to join us?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Just Popping In

Baked Cauliflower Poppers

I've got a batch of Baked Cauliflower Poppers in the oven tonight. This recipe is from Lindsay at Delighted Momma and I'm thinking if these poppers are even half as good as they sound, I'm in for a treat!

I'll let you know ...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Fresh Inspiration

Check out this local spot I am dying to try. In the meantime, stealing juice and smoothie ideas from their menu...

Monday, February 6, 2012

Juice Recipes

Pear & Grape Juice: 2 pears, 1/2 doz white/green grapes, & 4-6 collard greens/kale

Breakfast Pick me up: 1/2 cantaloupe (peeled/seeded), 2 carrots, 1/2 lime. 1-2 apples.

Classic: 3-5 carrots, 1 beet, 1-2 apples, 3 stalks celery, and ginger.

Raspberry Rush: 2pt raspberries, 2 oranges, 1 med lime (serve over ice).

Tropical: 1 cucumber, 1/4 pineapple, 1 pear, 3 leaves kale, and coconut oil (added to juice).

Daily Detox: 6-8 asparagus OR Endive/Watercress, 1/2 lemon, 1 cucumber, and ginger

Green Machine: 1 cucumber, 3 broccoli florets, 2 kiwis (peeled), 1 bunch seedless grapes.

Morning Tonic: 1 grapefruit (peeled), 3 carrots, 3 plums, and ginger.

"Jacks Super 7": 2-3 carrots, 1 sweet potato, 2 broccoli florets, 1/2 bell pepper, 1 tomato, 1/2 cucumber.

All of these juices are from Jack La Lanne's Power Juicer FRESH recipe collection!!! Enjoy!!!

Juice Recipes?

I'm determined to juice more but am sort of at a loss for combinations.  HELP?  Would love some ideas.


I asked my friend Sarah, trolled the internet and found some vegan chili recipes, put them all together, using what I had available in my fridge and this is what we came up with (2 thumbs up from Mr. Meat and Potatoes on this Super Bowl feast).

1 T cold-pressed olive oil

    1 large onion, chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 yellow peppers, seeded and chopped
    2 stalks celery, chopped
    1 cup baby carrots, chopped
    1 cup chopped mushrooms
    jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
    1 15 oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
    1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
    1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    2 28 oz cans sodium free diced tomatoes, with juice
    1 6 oz can tomato paste
    2 tbsp. chili powder
    2 tsp. coriander
    2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
    1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
      salt and pepper to taste

    chopped cilantro for topping

Sautee chopped veggies in olive oil until semi-soft, add everything else, stir and simmer for at least 30 minutes.  Then, AND THIS IS THE KEY TO "REAL-TASTING" CHILI...I took about 25% of the chili out of the pot, pulsed it in the food processor in batches until it was the texture of ground beef and dumped it back in.  This effect really made the experience feel like eating chili.  It was DELICIOUS!!!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

4 Cups Coconut shavings + a little extra for topping
2 Tbls raw cacao powder
2 Tbls Raw Local Honey
1/2 Tbls Coconut oil

Put coconut shavings (I made my own coconut milk, then took the fresh pulp from the back of the juicer) in a bowl add cocao powder, stir in until mixture is a even brown color.

Add the honey and oil, stir in well!

Take a table spoon, scoop out heaping spoons and roll them into balls. Put on a wax paper sheet and then take some of the extra coconut shavings. Sprinkle and push them into the tops of the macroon.
Put in the dehydrator for 8 to 12 hours. Now comes the fun part. Bite into them to make sure the consistency is as desired.

Tip: You can use some extra honey as the shavings you take from the juicer are not sweetened!

Enjoy, Pieter!